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Croatia: The Dalmation Coast - 8 day(s), Europe

Overview

The southeastern tip of Croatia is one of Western Europe’s best-kept secrets: a lush region of coves, forested islands, and its crowning jewel, the walled city of Dubrovnik. More than one thousand unspoiled islands make up this archipelago along the Dalmatian Coast, and the region offers an astounding array of natural and historic wonders from the grandeur that was Rome in Diocletian’s palace in Split, to the rich Renaissance architecture of Hvar. You experience the area as it should be explored, by boat and on foot, immersing yourself in a unique culture that draws on Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.

What’s Included

 

  • Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7
  • All meals except for 1 lunch and 1 dinner; with local wine or beer included with dinners
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Transportation covered from Split to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Gratuities paid for all hotels, meals, services, and drivers that are included in your tour
  • Small group max of 18 guests (1:7 guide-to-guest ratio) 

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Start date:
9/6/14
End date:
9/13/14
Duration: 8 Days
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10/4/14
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10/11/14
Duration: 8 Days
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Itinerary

DAY 1 - Walking tour of Trogir and Split
You gather in the lobby of the meeting point hotel for a brief orientation followed by a visit to Trogir. Afterward, you transfer to Split for a guided walking tour of Split’s UNESCO-preserved old town. You then venture outside the city walls to Split’s vibrant market and bustling bayside promenade. After this tour you enjoy a delicious lunch. Late afternoon you board a public ferry for an hour transfer to Brac, the third largest island of the archipelago, best known for its lumen us white stone, from which both Diocletian’s palace and the White House in Washington, DC, were constructed. A short transfer brings you to your hotel, a comfortable property with private beach overlooking the sleepy village of Postira. After getting settled, you gather for a welcome meeting and the first of many delicious dinners featuring the bounty of this distinctive coast.
DAY 2 - Postira to Splitska and Skrip
Today’s walk takes you along a pine-clad northern coastal path from Postira to the fishing village of Splitska. You stop for a brief visit of the tower and Roman mausoleum, today a museum dedicated to the history of the island, before indulging in a memorable lunch of pasticada, a traditional Dalmatian specialty of slowly braised beef served with homemade gnocchi. You return to the hotel in the afternoon with time to relax or swim before reuniting for a meal of local specialties at a traditional, family-run konoba (restaurant).
DAY 3 - Blaca Monastery and boat to Zlatni Rat, Gazul and Vidova Gora
After breakfast, you set out to explore some of the island’s finest attractions. After a 45-minute transfer by minibus, you reach the trailhead that leads to the 16th-century Pustinja Blaca. Here a short transfer by private boat brings you to the famous Zlatni Rat, or “Golden Cape.” Afterward you proceed to a former shepherd’s hamlet for a traditional peka lunch (meat and vegetable stew simmered slowly over hot coals under a domeshaped lid). The afternoon presents an option to continue on foot or by minibus to Vidova Gora, the highest point on the island for a panoramic view over the islands you will explore during the course of the journey. Later today, you board a catamaran for a short transfer to the chic island of Hvar. After checking in to your hotel, the evening is yours to stroll the promenade and admire Hvar town’s main historical buildings. For dinner you are free to choose from among the many restaurants and cafés, with recommendations from your guides and hotel staff.
DAY 4 - Velo Grablje to Milna, Milna to Hvar
Relax over a leisurely breakfast before departing for a short walk to Spanjol Fortress. A short minibus transfer takes you inland to the village of Velo Grablje and the trailhead. The rocky path winds past an abandoned village and small olive grove before reaching the peaceful cove of Milna, where you may opt for a swim in the turquoise sea. You enjoy lunch at a seaside café before returning to Hvar either on foot or by minibus.
DAY 5 - Hvar's southern coast: Sveta Nedjelja and Sveti Nikola
After a buffet breakfast, you embark on a scenic island excursion. Today’s exploration takes you east along Hvar’s southern coast through the vineyards and lavender fields for which the island is famous. Your destination is the tiny coastal settlement of Sveta Nedjelja. A cluster of stone houses comprise the original village, situated on a rocky outcropping below a cave with remains of an Augustinian monastery. Sveta Nedjelja is famous for the production of the best types of Hvar red wine, which you may have an opportunity to sample before transferring back to Hvar town. Late afternoon is spent relaxing on a scenic catamaran transfer to Korcula Island, the sixth largest Adriatic island. There is time to refresh at your hotel, a seaside property and your base for the next two nights, before another memorable dinner.
DAY 6 - Zrnovo Circuit
After a buffet breakfast, you set out to explore the wooded hills above Korcula. Traditional culture has been preserved on this island, from religious festivals, to folk music and dance, to shipbuilding. A short transfer brings you to Zrnovo, where you explore the village before continuing along a wide, rocky path. The trail descends to a natural harbor, where a special seafood lunch awaits, followed by time for swimming or relaxation. This afternoon presents the opportunity to visit a local vineyard, for a tasting of the famous Posip Cara (white wine) before a guided visit of the UNESCO-preserved old town of Korcula. Dinner is at a restaurant in the heart of town where a typical feast awaits. An after-dinner stroll along the narrow streets of Korcula town provides perfect closure to the day.
DAY 7 - Peljesac Peninsula: Viganj to Orebic, Mali Ston walls
After breakfast you bid farewell to Korcula to walk the hills along the Peljesac Peninsula. After a short boat transfer to the tiny town of Viganj, you ascend a rocky trail for approximately 20 minutes. You are quickly graced with gorgeous views across the channel to Korcula before descending to Orebic. You are free to pick up a light lunch at one of the local bakeries or pizzerias before transfering to Ston. Today it is revered as a gastronomic capital, famous for its fresh seafood, and in particular, oysters, which you have an opportunity to taste. A final celebration takes place at an excellent local restaurant where you toast your week’s adventures.
DAY 8 - Tour of Dubrovnik
Your tour concludes with a walking tour of “The Pearl on the Adriatic” as Lord Byron so famously described Dubrovnik. This much celebrated town, a World Heritage site, is completely encircled by over a mile of beautifully preserved walls built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Historically, they provided protection against all intruders, from the Saracens to the Turks, coming by way of sea. You explore the town’s main works of art, learn about its history of proud and fierce economic and political independence from Venice, marvel at the loving way the town was restored after the shelling in 1991, and take pleasure in discovering its architectural details and narrow alleys. Late morning you say goodbye, continuing on your exploration of this enchanting coast or making connections to Dubrovnik Airport for your departure.

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